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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Indigenous culture of Mapuche thriving both in Chile and abroad
Nestled between high-rise buildings on a busy street in Chile's modern capital is a straw hut that's a sign of growing respect for the Andean country's long-disdained indigenous past.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Life on the battlefield — Ukraine sisters cling on in war's epicenter
Screaming shells have leveled most of the buildings around them and electricity vanished more than a year ago.
Driving through parts of northeastern Syria, Vian Khouzy points proudly to dozens of new road signs printed in Kurdish. "It's a dream come true," he says.
Europe's last wild sturgeons got a rare boost this summer when the conservationist group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Bulgaria released more than 50,000 babies of these prehistoric fish into the lower Danube, marking the end of a three-year project co-funded by the European Union.
Astronaut's first bite of space-grown lettuce is 'awesome'
Astronauts living at the International Space Station took their first bites of space-grown lettuce on Monday, in what scientists described as another step toward enabling human missions to Mars.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Aussie in Thailand devotes life to 'Death Railway' POWs
Wielding a machete, Rod Beattie slashes at tangled undergrowth and soaring bamboo to expose vistas from one of World War II's iconic sagas. Out of the jungle appear remnants of a railway that cost the lives of more than 100,000 Allied prisoners and Asians enslaved by Japan's Imperial Army.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Mammoth remains that could be around 20,000 years old have been discovered at a building site in central Switzerland, a local official said Friday.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Severe church crackdown in China draws backlash
About a dozen Catholics wept and sang hymns outside their church as a man climbed to the top of the building and sliced off its steel cross with a cutting torch. It toppled with a thud.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
British-born historian Robert Conquest, whose influential works on Soviet history shed light on the terror during the Stalin era, has died. He was 98.
Facing IS threat, Iraq digitizes national library
The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace.
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